This page was first posted in 2005 and is a personal perspective of a Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle) staff person who is an avid user of rechargeable batteries.
The following insight addresses rechargeable replacements for single-use batteries of the sizes AAA, AA, C, D, and 9 volt. For a brief description of other types of rechargeable batteries, see .
There are three types of rechargeable batteries. They are Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd), which are the oldest type; Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH), which were developed around the same time that low-cost digital cameras were invented; and a new type of NiMH battery, called Low Self Discharge (LSD). The characteristics of the three types of rechargeable batteries are described . Battery chargers come with a variety of characteristics, as well. This page will help you and your entire household almost completely avoid single-use batteries.
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